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    I am dealing with a screen printer on how he wants our files set up. He told me that anything that is to be printed white should be set to Pantoe Printable White. I have never heard of this before. Does any one know what he is talking about or where I would find a Pantone Printable White swatch? He is using Corel Draw 12 I don't know if it's something in that program or what.

  • #2
    Custom Swatch maybe?


    • #3
      snipe hunting?

      a quick google brings another screen printer up, that says, plainly, there's no such thing as pantone white.
      Remember: Wherever you go, there you are.


      • #4
        There are white inks. I know Pantone makes them for textiles, though that's probably not what your printer is using.

        What is it that you're printing on? I'm guessing that it is something that has a color of its own like a CD, and that you would need the white ink to either make white, or as a "flood" under the whole printable area so the colors you print on top stay bright.

        I'd make a custom swatch as PD suggests just make a white, make it a spot color, and name it Pantone White.
        Burn the land and boil the sea, you can't take the sky from me.



        • #5
          yah, a custom swatch probably. that was mostly a joke above, i forgot the smiley. sorry.
          Remember: Wherever you go, there you are.


          • #6
            You could always ask them to send you a sample PDF or EPS with the pantone in it.

            You could then open the object in illustrator, or place the object in InDesign to get the color on your color swatch.


            • #7
              You could always ask him to fax you some samples of white.
              It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn't use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like "What about lunch?" Winnie the Pooh


              • #8
                just make everything that is going to be white a specific PMS color that isn't currently being used in your design... then make a reference to the side of your artwork that calls out what color is what ink.

                side reference example:
                Last edited by Silence04; 05-08-2007, 05:44 PM.


                • #9
                  If it's vector art in an EPS file, then you can just create a 0,0,0,0 swatch and make it a spot color (to avoid confusion). It's only if it's a raster file that you might need to use a color other than 0,0,0,0.
                  Ned Yeung, A.C.E.


                  • #10
                    Or set a channel/layer

                    I wasn't joking. You just need a spot color that separates out as a plate. 0/0/0/0 labeled Pantone Printable White (which is probably the ink can name) will work. Just be sure to set it to Spot, not process.

                    It also depends on how the white is being used.
                    White can be applied spot, underspot, flood, etc. Sometimes you just need it defined. A lot of times with the new large format UV printers we just specify an underspot shape that is the outline of the entire image being printed then print the colors over. Avoids a lot of trapping
                    Last edited by PrintDriver; 05-09-2007, 06:19 AM.


                    • #11
                      Thanks for the advice, I think I'll try the custom swatch idea and see what he says.


                      • #12
                        As long as the white separates as a plate, not as a knockout, you should be good. So PD's advice is the way to go.
                        "Lucy, you got some 'splainin' to do!" - Ricky Ricardo






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